gripped the heart of the World War I soldier as he saw his lifelong friend fall in battle.
Caught in a trench with continuous gunfire whizzing over his head, the soldier
asked his lieutenant if he might go out into the "No man's Land" between the
trenches to bring his fallen comrade back. "You can go", said the
lieutenant, "but I don't think it will be worth it. Your friend is probably
dead and you may throw your own life away".
The lieutenant's words
didn't' matter, and the soldier went anyway. Miraculously he managed to reach his
friend, hoist him into his shoulder, and bring him back to their company's trench.
As the two of them tumbled in together to the bottom of the trench, the officer
checked the wounded soldier, then looked kindly at his friend. "I told you it
wouldn't be worth it", he said, "Your friend is dead, and you are mortally
wounded". "It was worth it, though, Sir", the soldier said.
"How do you mean, 'worth it?'", responded the Lieutenant.
"Your friend is dead!", "Yes, Sir", the private answered
"BUT IT WAS WORTH WORTH IT BECAUSE WHEN I GOT TO
HIM, HE WAS STILL ALIVE, AND I HAD THE SATISFACTION OF HEARING HIM SAY, 'JIM, I KNEW YOU'D